I am sure everyone by now has covered the Lunar Eclipse on February 20, 2008, so guess what life moves on and everyone forgets or may be some do, lol. Therefore, I thought I wait couple of days, and post my results to remind you again, and let you know that next one on December 20, 2010 - cold one again. BTW, the 2010 year feels like science fiction year.
Full Moon, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 06:18 PM EST
However, here are my adventure with the moon on February 20, 2008. To start, I was killing myself for not bring my camera with me when driving home from work. The moon on the horizon was beautiful, especially being against the light blue sky. By the time I got home, it was high up in the sky, but guess what, I was able to take some full moon photos and partial eclipse from my bedroom window and stayed warm. Because my lens was focused on the moon, it ignores the window, its just like having another protective lens cover, which I already have, and ignores the finger prints too - yes my windows aren't so clean. However, for the full lunar eclipse I had to come out, but as you will see not so sharp.
Lunar Eclipse Start, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 08:40 PM EST
The lunar eclipse was getting close, the moon was probably covered eighty percent by the Earth shadow now, and I am now trying to figure out how I took photos of the last lunar eclipse Aug 28,2007 Lunar Eclipse Over Aurora, ON, well I had to eventually dig out the photo properties. One of the things I should have also done, was to set up my tripod, but no I thought I got it good shots then resting on the car window. However, this time the moon was high on the sky, and believe or not, I got stiff neck next morning, lol. The car window did not work, so eventually my hubby offered his head, and eventually I did get this one picture of the lunar eclipse, lol. What you see here are the stages of the lunar eclipse, until fully covered (at least I think it was fully covered), and for the uncovering period I just watched, it was to harsh for my camera to bring from warm to cold, and vise versa again.
Lunar Eclipse Almost, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 09:50 PM EST
Lunar Eclipse, Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Feb 20, 2008, 10:01 PM EST
LUNAR ECLIPSE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Well as long you can see the bright slice of the moon, focus on that and take pictures as per my previous posts: 'How To Take Photos of the Moon' and 'Moon Photo Come Back'. For total lunar eclipse, you probably want to play with your settings, obviously if your camera allows. These are based on Canon 20D SLR and 100-400mm Canon lens settings. So when the lunar eclipse is in effect, you want to change some settings at the beginning, like ISO 1600 or higher, keep metering mode on partial, and focal length of 400mm (or whatever your camera allows). The settings to adjust in manual mode are shutter speed 1/5 sec, lens aperture F/5.6 and exposure time 1/5 sec. Remember this is your base line, and you can adjust accordingly. Remember, clear skies do help, and this time I have to stress that tripod does help too. I have one, but because my 100-400mm lens is heavy it shakes for every click, I think it is time to think about getting more robust one.